Beauty Oils 101

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Rethink your perception of oils. From head to toe, antioxidant rich oils help achieve the glow, de-age the skin, combat oiliness, calm irritation and protect hair.

While it may sound counterintuitive, cleansing skin with oil is actually super delicate and helps to gently remove makeup and impurities, while hydrating the surface. Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil (212 872 8726) is formulated with traditional Korean herbs that improve circulation while freshening the skin. Apricot Seed Oil, the key oil in this gentle pre-wash, removes dead skin cells to reveal a smooth, brighter complexion.

Think an oil can’t curtail the signs of aging skin? Think again. Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment (212 872 8824) is a multi-tasking anti-aging must. Not only does it improve firmness and tone, this 100% natural oil, rich in essential skin-repairing lipids, also works to increase skin’s natural moisture barrier, which in turn minimizes the appearance of tiny lines and facial creases. If you’re still easing into the idea of a face oil, we recommend a custom cocktail of one to two drops of La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil (212 872 2623) blended into your favorite day or night cream. Boost the efficacy of your current cream du jour with the age-defying complex of oils from Sweet Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Sea Buckthorn Berry and Jojoba Seed, as well as rare anti-aging plant extracts from Roseroot, Alpine Lady’s Mantle, Yellow Gentian Extract and Mountain Arnica Extract. With the very first use, skin instantly feels more resilient and immediately restored.

Facial oils work incredibly well for oily skin….it’s shocking, but true. Choose a blend that is formulated to help regulate pore clogging sebum. Sunday Riley Artemis Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil (available in store only: 212 872 8635) is ideal for oily skin because its antibacterial properties tone (pink grapefruit) and clarify (lemon myrtle) skin’s surface.

Head and shoulders get in on the act, too.

Oils for hair range from strengthening heat protectants to deep nourishing treatments that smooth and condition. SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment Oil (available in store only: 212 872 2756) contains a combination of Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Melscreen Coffee, which collectively impart luster and shine while leaving hair feeling stronger and more lush.

If skin from the neck down is feeling a bit parched, consider a hydration boosting elixir like Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil (212 872 8720). While ideally suited for mature skin, all skin types will benefit from the anti-aging blend of 14 active ingredients. The weightless texture is immediately absorbed and skin feels seriously supple.

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